How a little can help the whole community

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So the political parties’ annual conferences have been held with lots of promises and good intentions being put forward by various politicians.

Local residents are concerned about a vast array of issues that affect their daily lives, with the hope that continued progress can be made on key issues. I feel that locally council service provision to the local community should be maintained and enhanced where possible.

I welcome the official statistics from the Department for Communities and Local Government which indicates the number of households accepted as homeless by English councils dropped by two per cent this year. This is excellent news.

In addition, I welcome the fact that in July this year the maximum Right to Buy discount for tenants wishing to purchase their rented property was increased to encourage and support greater home ownership. The maximum discount for houses has been increased from 60 per cent to 70 per cent in line with the discount that applied and continues to apply to flats.

The maximum discount going forward will now increase on an annual basis in line with the Consumer Price Index.

Living in the Hipperholme and Lightcliffe ward for nearly 30 years I have had the privilege of meeting thousands of local residents and have assisted with hundreds of council enquiries each year whilst serving the community as a local councillor.

I find the community inspiring with so many people contributing so much to make the area and local organisations so successful.

We have many pleasant green areas and much heritage throughout Calderdale which we should always all strive to preserve and maintain where possible– as once it is gone, it is gone forever.

It is unfortunate that, at times, this wonderful area gets blighted with litter deposited on the streets and roads. This is in particular a problem where major roads, such as the A58, run through the middle of residential areas of Hipperholme and Lightcliffe ward.

In order to keep on top of the litter situation it would be helpful if local residents, who are fit and able to do so, would join me and my ward colleagues in assisting Calderdale Council’s Safer, Cleaner Greener Team by picking up any litter that they walk past and any litter which may have blown near to their property.

Even one piece of litter a day collected by more than 8,000 residents in the ward would result in beautifully kept pathways throughout our community.

I feel that showing respect for others shows respect for yourself.

By Councillor Graham Hall (Hipperholme and Lightcliffe, Con)